Retired Topeka teacher wins over $28K in cash and prizes on Wheel of Fortune

Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 6:55 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -A retired Topeka teacher won big on the long-running American game show.

Dr. Beryl New fulfilled her lifelong dream by competing on Wheel of Fortune.

Dr. New won $28,400 in cash and prizes — including a trip on a houseboat. She said she would like to spend any winnings on her 12 grandchildren.

At the show’s end, longtime Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White and Dr. New shared a sweet moment when White brought out a slice of pound cake to share with New.

This moment was a callback to when Dr. New unexpectedly met White at the Myrtle Beach Airport in 2015. While there, White was carrying a pound cake as a present, and although Dr. New couldn’t convince her to share the cake (jokingly, of course), she was able to capture a selfie with White.

Topeka Public Schools shared Dr. New’s upcoming appearance via Facebook earlier this week and wished her luck.

Her episode was viewed by millions Thursday night on CBS.